With 61 votes in favor and two against this initiative was approved, on the last debate, by the plenary of the Senate on Monday night.
On March 6, in the library of the Distrital University, the FARC-EP held a press conference on the "Progress Report on Transitional Zones of Normalisation (ZVTN)", related to the period February 1 - March 1 of this year.
The guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), meeting in the Temporary Zone of La Elvira, Cauca, with great satisfaction, report to have successfully completed the first national gender workshop held throughout our organization's history.
The National Government and the FARC-EP inform that today the President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, visited the Transitioanl Local Zone for Normalization of La Carmelita/La Pradera, in Puerto Asís, Putumayo.
The Verification Commission that visited between 17 and 19 February several rural settlements of Norte de Santander concluded its day in the territory of Catatumbo with the commitment to continue with the accompaniment to the community, social organizations and defenders of human rights at the light of denunciations made by peasants and indigenous people about the presence of paramilitaries in the region.
The absurd and infamous declarations by Governor of Antioquia Luis Pérez Gutiérrez, suggesting child sexual exploitation and prostitution in the Transitional Pre-grouping Point of San Francisco, Yondó, are an affront to the men and women of our organization and an attack to the construction of stable and Durable.
Imelda Daza Cotes, a spokeswoman for the movement Voices for Peace, which brings together citizens in the defense of the peace agreement, made a historic intervention on Monday, December 19, in the Congress of the Republic in the debate on the approval of a draft amnesty and pardon bill for those in arms.
The discussion of the amnesty project begins in the first Senate and Congressional Committees of the Republic.
The congressmen will work in extra sessions until the end of the year to expedite the approval of the first project to be presented in the implementation of the peace agreement signed at the Teatro Colón.
This project will aim to provide legal certainty to those members of the insurgency who are not accused of serious crimes or of crimes against humanity, that is, a large part in the ranks of the guerrilla. This measure seeks to bring amnesty as widely as possible to those who have risen in arms and committed political and related crimes.
It is worth noting that this law will also provide legal stability to members of the FARC who are in the pre-grouping areas and will be transferred to Transitional Normalisation Zones (ZVTN). Likewise, this project will cover those members of this organization who are imprisoned and who fulfill the reasons for being granted amnesty.
This project is expected to be approved in eight days.
For its part, the Democratic Center continues to underline the will of the majority of Congress to quickly begin implementation of the Agreement. It is in this sense that depending on the speed with which these issues are dealt with, a clear message will be sent to the insurgency and Colombian society that this Congress is going for peace.
The difference between amnesty and pardon is that the first is a law that must be approved through fast track by Congress and the second is the power of the President and is of immediate compliance.
Just a few days passed from the signing of the new Peace Agreement in Havana and in Colombia only this week four civil society leaders have been killed, while last week, two members of the FARC were killed by the army.
In a letter addressed to President Santos, 40 MEPs from different political parties and groups supported the new peace agreement with the FARC and called for a speedy endorsement, keeping the victims at the center of the agreement.